Volkswagen settles US diesel claims

As first reported by the Wall Street Journal Volkswagen has indeed agreed to settle claims related to its diesel emissions cheating scandal in the US. The amount - up to $14.7 billion - is one of the largest consumer class-action settlements ever in the United States, the New York Times writes. While the settlement is a big deal for US consumers, “the settlement would cover only a small fraction of the 11 million diesel cars worldwide — most of them in Europe — that Volkswagen has acknowledged contained the cheating software,” the NYT adds.

The supermarkets that let their suppliers down

Iceland might be the toast of the football world but its supermarket namesake is getting a yellow card for the way it treats suppliers according to a UK grocery industry watchdog, the Guardian reports. Iceland, Asda and Morrisons are the “grocers who treat their suppliers the worst among the UK’s 10 major chains”.

Perdue’s plans for happy chickens

Yep, the giant poultry supplier is dipping its toes into sustainable farming practices after years of being criticised for animal welfare standards. The New York Times reports that. “over the next several years, all of Perdue’s chickens — 676 million last year — will bask in sunlight, part of an ambitious overhaul of the company’s animal welfare practices…that will hold Perdue to standards similar to those in Europe, which the American poultry industry has long dismissed as antiquated, inefficient and costly.”

Adland gets behind the United Nations’ SDGs

Can the advertising industry help the UN make its ambitous Sustainable Development Goals a reality? That was the hope in Cannes last week as the CEOs of the big six agency groups came together to pledge support for helping communicate what UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon calls, “the biggest anti-poverty, pro-planet mission adopted by the United Nations." The CEOs appealed to agency talent to help jumpstart this mission. We need you to help us find the best ways to tell the story. You are the people whose innovation and creativity are second to none,” Publicis Chairman CEO Maurice Levy told the Cannes crowd.

The Barbie that codes

Finally today, news that Mattel has launched a new role model for young girls - Game Developer Barbie. The cool, coding doll comes “armed with a laptop featuring real game code graphics,” Babble reports. Now you know STEM has gone mainstream. 

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